Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Begins 25th Anniversary Year Celebration

2017 Is Record Year for FAMD with 1,915 Animal Adoptions

During a busy year when Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) broke ground for its new shelter, the organization also saw a record number of dog and cat adoptions: 1,915.  This is 194 more than last year’s record high of 1,721.

Mimi

The last adoption of 2017 was a dog named Mimi.  She was brought into the shelter on Christmas Eve as a stray dog. After a bath and some trimming to remove the burrs from her fur, her personality began to show through. Mimi found her forever home with Mary from Ann Arbor the day she became available.

To start the New Year, the first adoption of 2018 was Kass, a sweet lost cat.  She went home with Caeley Nau from Taylor.

Kass

“2017 saw the need in our community increase to record levels,” said Elaine Greene, executive director, FAMD.  “I give a lot of credit to staff and volunteers for the hard work and creativity they approach our work with every day.  We’ve got another big year ahead with the construction and opening of our new shelter later in 2018.”

The Animal Adoption & Education Center (AAEC) will be located at the former Amtrak station in Dearborn at 16121 Reckinger Road, just off Michigan Avenue near the Henry Ford Centennial Library.  The land was donated to FAMD by the City of Dearborn.

The AAEC will be a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter that provides homeless animals a refuge in an environmentally-friendly facility. It will replace the current shelter at 2661 Greenfield Road, which is almost 40 years old, overcrowded and no longer suitable for the animals or the people who care for them.

To donate to the new Dearborn Shelter capital campaign, visit www.metrodetroitanimals.org.

About FAMD

After 25 years of nurturing more than 50,000 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has embarked on the public phase of their “Our Animals Need A Home” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center at the site of the former Dearborn Amtrak station on Michigan Avenue. For more information about FAMD, visit metrodetroitanimals.org

#Michigan Youngster Helping Dearborn Animal Shelter To Get A New Shelter Built:YOU Can Help Too!

Ten-Year-Old Commits to Helping Build New Dearborn Animal Shelter  

Zoe Acker is youngest table captain for

Raise the Woof Community Breakfast on June 10  

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 The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter are hosting a Community Breakfast on Wednesday, June 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Dubbed “Raise the Woof” Community Breakfast, it is an open invitation to the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Friends’ proposed new Animal Adoption & Education Center and become involved in this essential community-wide project.

 

One of the organization’s youngest supporters is ten-year-old Zoe Acker, who been raising funds for the homeless animals at the Dearborn shelter since she was five years old. Her fund-raising methods? Lemonade stands, routing her birthday gifts, and even “selling” some of her father Mike’s time as an electrician. “They help a lot of dogs and I want to do the same,” says Zoe. “Every dollar can help a dog feel better!” According to her mother Beth Vessels, “I know it’s a Mom thing to say, but I am truly so proud of her, she inspires all of us with her determination.”   

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

 

Zoe recently raised more than $2,000 for the Friends’ annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, coming in second place for the overall individual pledge-getter. Funds raised at the Mutt Strut help with ongoing shelter operations. Now Zoe is turning her time and talents to raise donations for the capital campaign to Build a Home with Heart. “The animals and humans deserve a new Shelter,” says Zoe.

 

In her newest endeavor to help, Zoe is the youngest table captain registered for the Raise the Woof breakfast, a role that includes hosting a table at the event and inviting prospective donors to attend.  She plans to invite her school principal, her dentist, and her pediatrician to join her and take an active role in her philanthropy.

 

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is seeking other community members to become table captains as well, even if this is their first venture into fundraising. “The fact that a ten-year-old is willing to be a table captain is amazing,” shares Kelle Sisung, Friends development director. “Most adults are somewhat hesitant. Zoe is fearless and shows all of us that we can do it too!”

The Raise the Woof fundraising breakfast is a one-hour event that tells the story of the journey to build a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Guests will hear testimonials from some of the adopters, volunteers, and families who have been involved with the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter since their inception in 1993. They will also learn how this community project will positively benefit both two and four-legged friends throughout Southeast Michigan.

Some of the features of the new facility will include:

  • A healthy, soothing, low-stress home for animals in our care
  • Significantly improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, and all community visitors
  • Employ sustainable ecological design (“Green Building”) and innovative housing, equipment, and practices
  • Provide the opportunity for robust community involvement, education, and enrichment
  • Be conveniently located to fully integrate with other public services (Dearborn Administrative Campus on Michigan Avenue; Amtrak site)
  • Create a best-in-class work environment for staff, volunteers, and visiting veterinarians
  • Growing from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet

 

There is no cost to attend the event.  Table captains and attendees are encouraged to register by June 5 to ensure your seat online at www.DearbornAnimals.org or by calling the Shelter 313-943-2697.  

 

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697 and online www.DearbornAnimals.org  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Join the Mega March For Animals-Michigan Humane

From MEGA MARCH FOR ANIMALS:

Every day, countless litters of helpless, unwanted puppies, kittens and other animals are brought to Michigan Humane Society’s doors, with nothing more than hope for a better future. Every day, MHS rescues, shelters and cares for animals in need and helps them find good homes.

Scared, hungry and alone, these animals have lived hard lives. They deserve a second chance – to eat, to play, and grow old with families that love and care for them.

Together, we are working to transform the lives of animals from… Homeless to Loved.

 

 

Michigan Humane Society And PetSmart To Host ‘CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED PET SUMMER TENT EVENTS’ – STARTING JUNE 15

Three adoption events

to feature dogs, cats and rabbits

from MHS and local rescue groups

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), in partnership with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, will host three Certified Pre-Owned Pet Summer Tent Events, on Saturdays June 15, July 20 and August 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each of the adoption events will take place at a participating PetSmart location, with certified pre-owned dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits – all loaded with adorable features – from MHS and several local rescue groups.

 

"Liza" Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“Liza” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“With so many pets in our community in need of new homes, the Michigan Humane Society is pleased to partner with other local animal welfare organizations to showcase our wonderful adoptable animals,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “Thanks to our hosts, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, and the participating groups, dozens of makes and models will be available at these events and ready for you to drive them home!”

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“Walter” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

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The summer tent adoption event locations are as follows:

June 15 at PetSmart Roseville, 20530 E 13 Mile Rd;

July 20 at PetSmart Ann Arbor, 2865 Oak Valley Dr;

 August 17 at PetSmart West Bloomfield

7260 Orchard Lake Rd.

(which is by our house!

Mom is gonna see if she

can volunteer that day!)

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For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.